Friday, December 2, 2011

Black Powder Command Stands

Picked up some plywood discs from Jo-Ann's yesterday for .29 cents each. They measure 3 1/4" in diameter, and about 3mm thick. A magnetic sheet was also picked up so I could use figures that were already individually based on either washers or metal bottom bases in the case of the mounted figures. I wanted to keep these figures as singles for Sharp Practice games. Here are three British and two French command stands. I need to pick up a few more mounted commanders to flesh out both armies.
The magnetic sheeting was added to the tops of the discs after cutting them a little smaller in diameter. The individual figure bases were than outlined with a ball point pen. Acrylic caulking was squeezed around the outlines and allowed to harden a bit.
More acrylic caulking was then added to fill in around the outlines for the bases.
Sand was added in irregular patches and after it was dried, the stands were painted a dark brown, followed by dry-brushing of lighter earthy colors. Besides static grass, taller grass (painted brush bristles) and rocks (aquarium pebbles) were also added.
I didn't add any period specific articles as I plan to use the same stands for Hail Caesar command bases.

20 comments:

  1. Very nice work! I always like those circular command stands.

    Cheers
    Christopher

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  2. Thanks, Gents! First time I'll be using command stands - previously had commanders singly based, but I think this should work well with Black Powder and Hail Caesar games. Best, Dean

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  3. That's pretty inventive! It gives a nice diorama effect, while keeping the flexibility of individually-based figures.

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  4. Brilliant!! The idea is great and the bases look perfect.

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  5. Cool idea Dean,
    The bases as with the rest of your troops look exceelnt!!!
    It has been very enjoyable watching yer armies come together.
    Awe ra best
    Paul

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  6. Pardon the rubbish spelling it has been a heavy week!

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  7. Again a real eye-catcher. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Thanks again for the nice comments.

    Paul - no sweat - do it myself sometimes too.

    Happy Holidays! Dean

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  9. Excellent looking command bases - no army is complete without them!

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  10. Another vote for a great idea, well-executed. Thanks for sharing.

    Ed

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  11. that's a great idea and they look awesome

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  12. Smart idea. They look beautiful . Michael

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  13. Good stuff. Definitely something needed for Black Powder.

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  14. Very creative way of making your awesome collection versitile!

    Ted

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  15. Very good, I like using sabots myself too.

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